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Keeping the past and present for the future
Leading-edge information and communication technologies provide manifold opportunities for the use of Europe's rich cultural resources. They open up new ways to preserve, store, describe and discover the content of archives, libraries and museums and to reconstruct and visualise artefacts and archaeological sites. Innovative systems and tools, broadly accessible through online applications, enable new experiences for interacting with culture and for cultural expression.
EU research into the use of technologies for long-term preservation of and improved access to cultural heritage is part of the European Commission's work programme for Information Society Technologies (IST). IST is one of the thematic priorities in the 'Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development', the major instrument for research funding by the European Union. Supported projects are chosen through competitive selection procedures, initiated by public calls for proposals.
- make it easy for people to find, understand and experience their cultural heritage through digital libraries and virtual visits to the past
- rescue and restore our film and audiovisual heritage of the 20th century
- keep today's digital content alive in the future